Services offered:

SERVICES 

  • Psychological Assessment

  • Short and long term individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults,
  • Carer support/family sessions
  • Supervision, Consultation and Training to Professionals
  • Training and workshop packages for schools and employers

You might wish you consider an assessment for Psychological therapy if you or your child is experiencing (amongst other needs):

  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Worry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Emotion Based School Refusal
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Difficulties in managing emotions
  • Difficulties in managing relationships
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Anger
  • Self-harm
  • Trichotillomania
 
At present only online sessions are available due to Government guidelines relating to COVID-19. 

 Individual sessions and consultation/supervision can be held in person in our clinic       and supplemented by online (zoom) or telephone sessions where appropriate. For example, should you wish to have booster sessions, or supplementary sessions following a course of therapy, or if your child attends a boarding school or university and wishes to change arrangements during term time, Zoom sessions can be offered.      Following an assessment in person, sessions may be provided where travel to the           clinic may be more difficult. If you struggle to leave your home or to travel through         anxiety, sessions may be offered by Zoom or telephone initially to work towards             attending the clinic in person.

 

 

Information for clients

 

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

 

Clinical Psychologists have completed Doctoral level qualifications that include specific training in assessment, formulation and delivery of therapy with clients of all ages, and from all backgrounds. Clinical Psychologists are assessed across supervised clinical placements within the National Health Service. Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical) is a protected title and all Clinical Psychologists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a licence to practice. The British Psychological Society sets out clinical and ethical guidelines for practice. 

What types of therapy are available?

I use individualised, person focused formulations of clients needs and offer only evidence based treatments (that is, treatments that are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE guidelines), including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Please see the excellent leaflets by the Royal College of Psychiatry and Mind- links in Resources

The approach offered is driven an initial assessment and the development of an individual formulation of your needs. Together we will explore your needs and develop a sense of how they have emerged and what is maintaining any difficulties, and use this to inform and direct the therapeutic approach. We will set secific goals and use a range of measures so that you can monitor your progress and change.

Work with carers

I can offer carer sessions to support the work with loved one. This may include adjacent skills sessions on supporting your child with anxiety or low mood, or behaviour management. I can also offer sessions to carers focused on stress and burnout. For adult clients who consent I can offer carer support to partners and family members, for example on understanding and supporting your current needs, helping to support change, or managing relationships.

Specialist assessments and reports

I can offer specialist psychological assessments and prepare reports with clinical recommendations for GP’s, Psychiatrists, and education providers. I can offer a specific assessments for you or your child and write a comprehensive report to support access to further therapy, make recommendations to education providers, or consider the impact of your needs for employers for example.

I am Chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and provides evidence based therapies as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines; including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Third Wave CBT approaches including Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I am a trained and experienced Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT). This is a specialist therapy designed to support those who struggle with managing their emotions and their relationships and may use harmful or impulsive means to do so. I do not offer the full DBT programme privately, as this is a team based approach, however, many of the DBT techniques can be incorporated into therapy where appropriate (e.g. mindfulness, strategies to manage emotions, change behaviours you wish to stop or manage relationships).  Please see resources page.

Risk and Crisis Work
As an Independent practitioner, my service cannot safely support those in crisis, experiencing severe depression, or suffering from suicidal thoughts. Individuals who experience these types of difficulties are much more appropriately and safely supported by a multi-disciplinary team who have access to emergency care and different types of treatments. The NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) can be accessed via your GP. This is in line with my professional guidelines and local safeguarding policies and procedures. 

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